I think those are what you’d need, but verify the LED compatibility.
As for “why 35”, on a split ergo board 35 switches will typically cover either the left half or the right half, frequently with a few left over. 70 is another common number. You’re in a weird middle point with the Q1, but you might be able to mod the main keys and leave the other ones in place.
Also watch key activation force (KAF). Gateron Blues are going to be slightly “heavier” than the browns. So it’ll feel a little different, and obviously they’ll be much louder.
Webwalrus, I ordered the ones you suggested from Amazon, thank you. I’ve run into the terminology “plate-mounted” or “PCB-mounted.” I think I know what that is referring to, but not sure if it makes any difference with a hot-swappable keyboard like mine? I’ll give the blue gateron switches from Amazon a try; if they don’t work I can easily return them for a refund.
It seems to be just the two extra plastic stabilizers. I would think that the plate mount is what you’re looking for, as the PCB mount uses those two pins to stabilize the switch - but your hotswap socket should be handling that function.
So if you have hot swap sockets, I have to believe that plate mount is fine. And either way, you could always just rip out a switch and take a look at what you have.
Note - if you have a whole keyboard worth of browns you don’t want, you might be able to get a few bucks for them on Reddit’s r/mechmarket if you’re so inclined. Or keep them as backups in case you have a switch failure on the blues or something.
No problem. I’ve found that part of the issue for newbies is that the mech keyboard thing is considered by many to be a fun hobby, where they just have fun building boards and swapping switches and keycaps and such. And like many hobbies, sometimes that means that clear, simple advice is lacking - especially for people who just want a single keyboard that’s nice to type on.
Jeagar52, I’m sorry that I am late to this thread… If the Gateron Blue switches don’t work out and you still want clicky switches, I can highly recommend Kailh Box White switches. I have liked them a bit better than the Blue switches I’ve tried. I like the tactile feel of the Box Whites and also the sound they make.